NEW YORK, February 20, 2018 — Task & Purpose, a digital-first media company that gives a voice and platform to the military community, announced today that it has hired seasoned journalist and veteran Sam Fellman to lead its editorial staff, starting February 20. A former managing editor at Buzzfeed News, Sam will succeed Lauren Katzenberg as managing editor of Task & Purpose.
“Sam is a thoughtful leader and storyteller. A U.S. veteran and accomplished journalist, he brings leadership experience and a commitment to providing the most impactful and interesting news to the military community,” said Zach Iscol, CEO of Task & Purpose. “We are thrilled to have him lead our editorial team as managing editor.”
Following his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2002, Sam served as a Surface Warfare Officer, and deployed to Iraq with the U.S. Army in addition to deploying aboard the USS Nimitz and the USS Higgins. After leaving the service, Sam earned a postgraduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. He joined the Military Times as a staff writer in 2010, writing about topics such as the spreading fear in senior ranks at the beginning of the Navy's 'Fat Leonard' bribery ring, and revealing the fire hazards presented by the service’s mainstay uniform. Sam rose to managing editor in his six years with the publication, and his team broke the news that the Navy SEALs planned to open their elite ranks to women.
In 2016, as an editor at BuzzFeed News, Sam managed correspondents abroad in locations and war zones like Mosul, San Francisco, and Istanbul. He edited a wide range of news stories and features, covering subjects including Trump’s military, Russia’s cyberwar strategy, and ISIS’ military victories and losses.
“I’m thrilled to be joining a high-caliber team that’s rapidly made a name for itself delivering the compelling, funny and fascinating stories that veterans and their families demand and deserve,” Sam Fellman said.
Task & Purpose launched in 2014 to provide authentic and unfiltered perspectives on military and veterans issues in the post-9/11 era. With its team of veterans, military family members, and journalists, Task & Purpose provides unapologetic investigative reporting, storytelling, and analysis of cultural issues and current affairs. Connect with us on Twitter: @TaskandPurpose.
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A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
U.S. Army Cpt. Katrina Hopkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers, assigned to Task Force Warhorse, pilot a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operation at Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Javion Siders)
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
The soldier who was arrested for taking an armored personnel carrier on a slow-speed police chase through Virginia has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on two charges, according to The Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Joshua Phillip Yabut, 30, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — in this case, a 12-ton APC taken from Fort Pickett in June 2018 — and violating the terms of his bond, which stemmed from a trip to Iraq he took in March 2019 (which was not a military deployment).